6. Look where you want to go.
On a technical descent, look where you want to go and relax your upper body. Your bike wants to go fast and follow the best line; if you loosen up, stay focused, and trust your bike—it’ll respond.
—Evelyn Stevens [pictured above]
7. Ride with the pack.
You’ll go much farther in a group—thanks to energy savings from drafting and good conversation—than you would going it alone. Being in close quarters with a pack of, say, 10–20 riders will also help improve your technique.